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Wow, this is not only heroic but pretty bad*ss! 

When the Hurt family came across what they thought to be a dog floating in the water at Marsh-Miller Lake, Wisconsin, they discovered something a bit more unusual. 

Out in the water on a boat, the Hurt family noticed there was a bear in the lake, with a bucket stuck on its head. "I said, 'That ain't no dog. I think that's a bear,'" Tricia Hurt told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "We got closer and I said, 'Yeah, that's a bear that got hungry and got its head stuck in a bucket.'"

Apparently, it was a young black bear who was struggling to breathe with a plastic cheese ball container around its head! 

"We honestly believe if we hadn't run into that bear, it wouldn't have made it to shore," Tricia Hurt said. "It was so disoriented, it didn't know where shore was and it was so tired." Brian Hurt commented saying he could hear the bear heavily breathing as the bucket filled with water. 

Luckily, he swam across the right people. The Hurt family ran a successful rescue mission! After circling the bear, Brian Hurt finally managed to grab the plastic container and yank it off. 

Finally free and able the bear, the bear swam away. Tricia Hurt filmed the whole experience and could be heard shouting, "Swim happy!," as the bear swam away. 

Thank you so much, Hurts Family! You guys are true heroes!  

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Take about good people! In Tyler, Texas, two beautiful souls saved a baby deer drowning at Lake Tyler. 

Brian Ballard, and his wife, stumbled upon the poor fawn living lifeless in the water. 

"We are pulling into the channel which is no wake I saw something in the water I thought it was a dead fish. I pull beside it and looked over and saw it was a deer," Ballard told KETK News.

When another person, Ashton Byrd, saw what Ballard was doing, he also sprang into action!  

"If you would have seen it it was clearly dead but it had life in its eyes so I killed the boat and took off my shirt and jumped over to their boat," said Ashton Byrd. "They had been patting it, giving it breaths so it started to crying itself back to life."

Ballard and Byrd, both took turns giving the fawn CPR until suddenly, he came back to life. Local wildlife rehabilitator who is caring for the fawn, now named Baylade, says he is getting stronger and stronger every hour. 

A huge thank you to Ballard and Byrd for your kindness and never giving up on this fawn. You both are heroes. 

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Hero Cat Who Alerted Owner That The Slow Cooker Was Burning

In the middle of the night, cat owner Scott White was awoken in the early hours of Sunday to his cat purring and pacing about the room. Then the rescue cat, named Joey, even stood on his chest to get his undivided attention. 

Luckily, Mr White was able to recognize something was wrong with the way Joey was acting and went into the kitchen to find the entire room filled with smoke! The smoke coming from a slow cooker he had set hours ago. 

Mr White told CBC, "We went to bed around midnight and it was fine," White said of the Crock-Pot. "And then it wasn't fine when Joey found it."

Story via CBC


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Photographer Aditya Singh quit his job, left Delhi and moved to Sawai Madhopur city, in Rajasthan, just outside Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. He moved here in order to be closer to nature. His wife, Poonam Singh, opened a tourist resort there to earn their living. And over the past 20 years, the Singh's has bought roughly 35 acres of land which shares its boundary with Ranthambore tiger reserve and left it completely undisturbed.

Now, the land is flourishing as it's covered in a lush greenery and is frequented occupied by wild animals, including tigers, throughout the year.

What inspired this new way of living? Poonam Signh tells Quartz India, "My first sighting was a tigress with three cubs on a hill. It was magical. At the end of the trip, I just asked him if we can move to Ranthambore. He wanted it, too, and within months we moved. As far as this land is concerned, it was a dream that we both saw and achieved together to have our own area of wilderness."

The future goal? To continue buying more land to expand the forest even further, and to inspire others to follow suit. 

How incredible is that? The Singh's are our heroes! 



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Heroic Pets: Stories Of Animals Who Saved Lives

Pets are comforting animals in our lives, but in some people's lives -- they are the very reason they're STILL alive. 

In a viral Facebook post, by Genial, users flooded the comment section and shared stories of how their pets have saved their lives. We've gathered the top stories and shared them below. 

All we can say is thank goodness for our beloved pets. 

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Aussie Teens Rescue Koalas In Fire Zone And Load Them Into Their Car

Two Aussie teens, 19-year-old Micah and 18-year-old Caleb, have been named heroes for driving around and loading up their car with injured koalas, in Kangaroo Island. 

Storyful reported that the teens delivered the koalas to their neighbor, who has a permit to care for wildlife.

Micah Lovegrove, one of the heroic teens, decided to go on this impromptu rescue mission after witnessing a koala with nowhere to go, when his uncle's property burned down. 

In a video first posted on Reddit, you can see a car filled with poor, exhausted koalas. And in the background, an eerie sight of a road that is lined by blackened trees. 

Unsure of how many koalas they rescued, they assume it's around 20 and of that 20, six of the poor marsupials were orphaned and two of them were mothers with children.

Still, that's 20 more koalas saved. And we're beyond thankful to both Micah and Caleb. 

It is very important to mention that these koalas from Kangaroo Island were not taken to the mainland where they could be affected by Chlamydia and therefore unable to return back to their home on the Island. 

Chlamydia in koalas can cause blindness, bladder inflammation, infertility and death. As the island's koalas are isolated and free of the disease, its introduction would devastate the population.

"It's understandable and heartening that people want to rescue these animals, but unfortunately it will mean that those koalas can't be returned to the island because of the risk of contamination of the population there," said Brenton Grear, Department for Environment and Water bushfire recovery coordinator.

If anyone out there reads this and decided to drive and rescue koalas -- do not take them to the main land. "We ask that anyone on Kangaroo Island who finds injured wildlife call SAVEM on 0477 055 233 or email info@savem.org.au," says Grear.

Story via LADBible

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Dogs Putting The 'Good' in Good Boy Or Girl

Dogs are special. They can sense when something isn't right, they're the perfect cuddlers and comforters. You can always count on a dog to lift your spirits when you're feeling blue. Some dogs are professionals in that field but all dogs are amazing healers (the others are simply just freelancing). Here is a small, but strong, collection of heroic dogs. 

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Firefighter Rescues Cat From Fire In Paradise, California, Creating An Everlasting Bond

That is one grateful kitty! Thank you again, firefighters! You all are the embodiment of a true hero. The devasting fires that overtook California have consumed more than 149,000 acres and have left more than one thousand animals at emergency shelters. If you wish to help out, please head over to www.nvadg.org/donate, and donate what you can. 

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2018 "Hero Dog" Awards: Here Are America's Most Courageous Dogs

The Hero Dog Awards were created to celebrate the powerful relationship between dogs and people and recognize extraordinary acts of heroism performed by ordinary dogs. The sold-out, star-studded awards honoring America's most courageous canines were hosted at the Beverly Hilton Hotel few days ago and following more than a million votes by the American public and the opinions of an expert panel of celebrity animal lovers and dog experts, "Chi Chi," a four-year-old Golden Retriever from Phoenix, Arizona has been named this year's most heroic dog, besting 265 other brave canines and capturing the top title of "American Hero Dog".   

Chi Chi was the one chosen as 2018 American Hero Dog, but all seven finalists were winners in their categories, and we salute them for their courage, service and compassion. Here are their official nominations, as told by their handlers and owners. 


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Everyday Doggo's Who Turned Into True Heroes

These stories about everyday dogs turning into heroes will melt your heart. 

We don't call them "men's best friend" for nothing. See this list of wholesome dog memes if you can't get enough of these lovable furry creatures.

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Me and Neil found this eagle in a trap

Posted by Michael Fletcher on Tuesday, November 24, 2015
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Michael and Neil Fletcher were hunting in Ontario's Windy Lake when they spotted a bald eagle caught in a claw trap. However, freeing the bird was no easy task. When they got close, the eagle tried to fly away. They eventually were able to calm the majestic bird by throwing a hoodie over its eyes. All the while, their golden retriever sat extremely curious.

The brothers eventually set the bald eagle free, but not before capturing this unforgettable selfie.